1/3 cup shortening
1/3 cup butter
¾ cup sugar
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
Lightly flour surface roll each slab of dough to 1/8 inch thick (or your desired thickness). Cut into fun shapes. Add sugars or decoration if that's your style.
Recipe from Better Homes and Gardens Creative Ideas: Christmas Cookies 1990
3 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly milled black pepper
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
1/4 cup vegetable shortening
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
2/3 cup molasses
1 large egg
Lightly flour surface roll each slab of dough to 1/8 inch thick (or your desired thickness). Cut into fun shapes (or men... but gingerbread tastes pretty much the same in any shape).
Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Decorate when cooled if desired (frosting, sprinkles, you know the deal).
Recipe from Foodnetwork.com
The frosting I use for either of these cookies involves just eyeballing milk, powdered sugar, and food coloring, until the desired texture.
I love these recipes for roll out Christmas cookies, because it makes baking an event, an experience, and a ton of fun.